Sunday, March 1, 2015

Behind the Scenes Quotes for the 2014 UFL Season

Commentators are given the privilege and the chance to get to know the personalities behind the UFL teams better. Most of the quotes are used in TV Commentary for Aksyon TV, which is the exclusive TV partner of the UFL.

Here are some behind the scenes quotes from the coaches and personalities of your favorite teams.

*The author is part of the commentary panel of Aksyon TV, which covers the UFL Games.


The 2014 United Football season officially drew to a close, with Global nailing the league title and the Football Alliance Charity Cup in dominating fashion.

‘The People’s Club’ started the league on the wrong foot with a 0-4 defeat to UFL Cup Champions Loyola, but embark on a run that would see the club lose just once over the next 23 games.
Global would finish the league season a whopping 13 points ahead of second placed Loyola. An astonishing +92 goal differential, capped off by an amazing 112 goals scored, underscored their dominance.

In the Charity Cup, Global flexed its superior roster against undermanned sides as they went to lift two trophies in succession.

Here are some behind the scenes highlights from the 2014 season, as told to the commentators before the games.

January 2014. Two days before the start of the season.
Global Coach Leigh Manson: “A club like Global should be winning trophies.” (Prophetic words)

Global Manager Dan Palami: “Global right now is in a transition, a work in progress” (Every team would like to be a work in progress, it is safe to assume.)

February 2014.
Loyola Coach Vince Santos: “We try and break down the game into 15 minute ‘moments’”
Phil Younghusband: “Winning (the UFL Cup) gives confidence. This year, our defence is much better.”

Stallion Coach Ernie Nierras on Loyola’s sterling first round record: “Loyola looks like Stallion from last year, no?”
(Four ex-Stallion players were in Loyola – Lee Joo Young, Park Bo Bae, Joaco Canas, Lee Won Hyung)

Ernie Nierras on facing ex-Stallion Joaco Canas:
“He’s gonna be busy the whole night. I know his weaknesses. He was our weak link in defence last season.”

March 2014:
Green Archers United manager Monchu Garcia to Coach Dolfo Alicante, who was just about to assume post-match presscon duties after a 3-2 W vs Kaya:
“Dolfo, be humble ha!”

Kaya’s Chris Greatwich, after Stallion’s Ossey Diop’s tackle nearly ended in disaster for Greatwich:
“It was the first time I lay on the pitch with tears in my eyes. I thought my leg was broken and my season done.”

Vince Santos: “Every time I have a bad game, I usually make it a point not to wear that same shirt again.” (He would need a lot of shirts late in the season).

Global manager Dan Palami, on Marvin and Marwin Angeles’ move to Ceres FC: “Why is it that when players move, we always assume that management doesn’t want them anymore? We want to give playing time to the twins.”

Pachanga Diliman Coach Noel Marcaida: “Madaming (kaming) materials pero hindi pa buo ang puzzle.” (Pachanga would finish a disappointing 6th place after being runners-up in the UFL Cup)

Leigh Manson on playing ‘the Global Way’: “We let the ball do the work. Control match tempo. We can play long balls but retain possession.”

Dan Palami on playing ‘the Global Way’: “It is a matter of trying to be there for the ball, playing as a team, covering for everybody, being there for each other.”

Dan Palami before Global defeated Pachanga to go top of the table for the first time: “Too early to make this game a game that will make us champions.” (Global would not relinquish top spot from that point onwards)

Dan Palami on Captain Jason de Jong: “Jason has matured with the captaincy.”

April 2014:
Army’s Boogie Margarse after Ronel Gener was suspended for the rest of the season because of five red cards accumulated:
“Gusto naming ibahin ang imahe ng Army.”

May 2014:
Kaya Coach David Perkovic:” It is pleasing to develop players for the National Team, when the players’ efforts are recognized.”
(Kaya would have seven players on the Azkals squad)

Ernie Nierras: “We plan to return the favour to Kaya.”
(In 2013, Kaya beat Global last year to make Stallion Champions.)

June 2014:
From a disgruntled, and unnamed, player who obviously wasn’t too pleased with the direction of his team: “Parang baranggay na lang to. Pinapasok na lang ang gustong ipasok (sa field).”

Pachanga Coach Noel Marcaida before facing Stallion, a team that was not able to beat Pachanga this year: “We want to protect our good record vs. Stallion this season.”

Five days later. Pachanga Coach Noel Marcaida before facing Green Archers, a team that was not able to beat Pachanga this year: “We want to protect our good record vs. Green Archers this season.”

Most direct free kick of the season, via text: “Who are those commentators for the game? Throw those idiots over the bleachers.”

July 2014:
Vince Santos, before the Charity Cup semi-finals:
“We have to play on the last game day (be it for first or for third), might as well play for the title.” Loyola would go on to lose in the semis and settle for fourth place. Note his enthusiasm in playing the Charity Cup.

Interim Kaya Coach Chris Greatwich on being sent off in the first leg of the semi-finals:
“I just asked the referee, ‘Are you winding me up? He then showed me the red.’”

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